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For those graduates seeking an exotic senior trip destination, Mexico may be just what you're looking for. Blessed with coasts on both the Alantic and Pacific oceans, happening resorts can be reached with a feasible plane flight from just about anywhere in the lower 48 states. Closer to the equator than most of the United States, Mexico offers offers warmer weather and the lifestyle to match. Of course the main resort towns are located in prime coastal regions with tropical surroundings, sunny beaches and glistening waters. In addition to a myriad of outdoor activities, most senior trip destinations in Mexico have a plethora of nightlife spots that cater to a younger crowd. Wherever they choose to go, Mexico is sure to offer graduates a celebratory vacation they will never forget.
Located on the Yucatán Peninsula along the Caribbean Sea, Cancún is famous for its beautiful beaches, many resorts and exciting nightlife. Cancún is one of the first and most popular destinations for senior class trips, as well as spring break and summer vacations. Cancún, along with the nearby Riviera Maya coastal stretch, possesses gorgeous beaches and exotic Caribbean atmosphere. The city of Cancún has two distinct areas: El Centro is the more conventional downtown area, whereas Zona Hoteleria is made up of a long strip of highrise hotels, nightclubs, shops and restaurants located on the beachfront. Cancún also offers a variety of accommodations, from American hotel chains like Marriott and Hyatt to Mexican establishments like Gran Caribe Real and the Oasis Cancún.
On the Pacific side of the country, Puerto Vallarta boasts incredible beachfront resorts, fantastic nightlife venues, and optional adventure excursions galore. On a senior trip to Puerto Vallarta, graduates can learn to surf, fly through the trees on the second longest zipline course in the world, or go horseback riding in the jungle. Student-friendly resorts offer swimming pools, sun decks and spas, as well as an assortment of restaurants where graduates can sample a wide range of cuisines including local Mexican fare. PV's Malecón is an esplanade (i.e. a long open walkway) along the water that has many shops and restaurants. At night, graduates can dance the night away at the many clubs that cater to vacationing students.
Situated at the southernmost tip of Baja California, Cabo San Lucas is known for its sizzling beaches, ocean activities and vibrant nightlife. Though not quite as far south as Cancún and Puerto Vallarta, Cabo San Lucas has plenty of warm weather, especially in the spring and summer. During the daytime, graduates can hit up the beach, arrange a fishing trip, rent ATVs to ride off-road or hang out poolside at the hotel. At night, Cabo comes alive with hip clubs like El Squid Roe, Cabo Wabo and many more. Reachable only by boat, don't miss the Instagram-worthy sight of El Arco, a large natural archway in the rock walls looming over the ocean at Land's End.
The seniors that went on the Boston had such a great trip. The timing of the bus was perfect. Kevin was a personable and safe driver. We left the school on time and made it to the first Boston drop off on schedule. The ride was quick that to the availability of a DVD player on the bus. Wandering around Quincy market was just what they wanted. Did you also arrange for the perfect weather? The dinner cruise was far better than I expected. The Spirit of Boston was a beautiful ship and the meal was to die for. Sometimes …
--Martha Thomson & Kathy VanOrman
Mount Everett Regional School, Massachusetts, Senior Trip, June 2009